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Hollywood Poker Review

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Want to brag that you beat actor James Woods or World Poker Tour host Vince Van Patten at the poker table? Then Hollywood Poker is the site for you. I don't know how many other Hollywood celebrities actually visit the same, but their periodic "Bounty Tournaments" imply at least more than Woods and Van Patten.

Launched in November of '04, Hollywood Poker is a skin of Poker Room, one of my favorite online poker rooms, so I automatically found their software and game variation and limits appealing. They also benefit from the extra traffic such cross-platform integration provides. Hollywood Poker has some decent bonuses and promotions that make this a good stalwart to include in your casino-hopping regimen.

Unlike Celeb Poker, which holds the title for European star power, Hollywood Poker boasts an unparalleled, all-American, star-studded experience...if that's what you're looking for.

 

 

 
Hollywood Poker OVERALL GRADE
Featuring:
Actor James Woods and World Poker Tour host Vince Van Patten at the tables!
Attractive bonuses and promotions
The "Green Room"
Poker Forum
Weekly newsletter "Hollywood Poker Extra"
Excellent poker school, beginner's tutorials, poker glossary, how-to pages (including detailed info on statistics, analysis, pot odds, bluffing, betting, various playing styles)
Java (No Download) version - makes Mac users and those with poor connections happy!
 
BONUS Information
  Deposit Bonus:
500%
  Sign-up Bonus:
$1,000
  Referral Bonus:
$50
 
Ranking Summary
  CATEGORY
Bonuses
Promotions
Software & Graphics
Game Variety/Limits
Traffic
RATING
9/10
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CATEGORY
Competition
Rake
Customer Service
Deposits/Cashouts
Ease of Use

RATING
10/10
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Overall Grade 81%
 
   
       
 


Bonuses
First deposit bonus 500% match up to $1,000
$10,000 and $15,000 Freerolls
$50 Invite-A-Friend Bonus (you get $50, they get $50)
Royal Flush Bonus of up to $5,000 (100X big blind, some restrictions apply)


 
 


Promotions
Poker Points (for redeeming deposit/reload bonuses, tournament buy-ins, Hollywood Poker merchandise, daily/weekly/monthly cash rewards and drawings)
Oscar Party tickets Freeroll (including bonus bounty on Woods and Van Patten)
World Poker Tour Satellites (including No Deposit Required Freeroll for entry into WPT Commerce Casino L.A. Poker Classic)
Michael Woods $500-Added Invitational


 
 


Software & Graphics
Smooth, trouble-free
Java (No Download) version
Poker Room "skin"
Their avatars are a bit ridiculous (but so what?)
Good note-taking facilities
Detailed tutorials and how-to pages on each and every game

Hollywood Poker Lobby Hollywood Poker Table


 
 


Game Variation & Limits
Holdem, Omaha (hi & hi/lo), 7-Card Stud (hi & hi/lo)
Private tables
Prescheduled multi-table, and Sit 'n' Go single-table tournaments
Weekly "Speed Zone" tournaments (blinds increase every 3 minutes)
No heads-up tournaments


 
 


Traffic
High - in the thousands regardless of day or time


 
 


Competition
Mixed, balanced
Nice blend of tough/tight competitors and easy-to-beat novices


 
 


Rake
Typical for industry


 
 


Customer Service
It says 24/7 but it's email only
Poker Knowledgeable


 
 


Deposits & Cashouts
Check, InstaCash, MasterCard, Visa, Neteller, FirePay


 
 


Ease of Use
Good lobby stats
Auto-play buttons
Excellent tutorials, "Poker School", FAQ's, etc